Seven fires ignited near Highway 128 in the Napa Valley late Sunday, and grew as gusty winds spread the flames over fields and freeways. Now, nearly two dozen fires across eight California counties have destroyed 3,500 buildings and burned more than 191,000 acres — a collective area nearly the size of New York City. Firefighters were still battling the flames on Thursday.
After the smoke cleared, helicopters and drones flew over the most devastated areas of Northern California to survey the damage. Here are the aerial photos.
An entire neighbourhood was leveled in the fires in Santa Rosa. The neighbourhood of Coffey Park -- a small community made up of single-family homes -- lost hundreds of homes.
Coffey Park has been described as a 'little slice of the American dream,' where a vibrant mix of Latinos, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Indians, and white people lived in modest homes.
From above, you can make out the erratic nature of the burn. In a cul-de-sac, homes on one side of the street were charred in the flames, but a colourful few appeared to be unscathed.
Nearly all of the 160 units at the Journey's End mobile home park in Santa Rosa were turned to rubble. The residential community is mostly home to people ages 55 and older.
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